Mike Rowe is becoming known for his refreshing matter-of-fact perspective in a world gone mad.
This week, Rowe didn’t let his fans down when he took on blatant media hypocrisy and its disdain for Donald Trump supporters – especially the male, “uneducated,” white kind.
The media has relished pushing the narrative that much of Trump’s support comes from white guys with little formal education and Rowe has a big problem with it.
On Facebook Monday Rowe took the media narrative head-on after an electrical contractor and small business owner named Albert “with no college degree” raised concern over the media’s elitist “reporting.”
If the media is referring to Trump supporters who happen to be male Caucasians suffering from a lack of knowledge brought about by an absence of formal or practical instruction, than I guess “uneducated white men” is a fair description. However, if the Trump supporters in question are being dubbed “uneducated,” simply because they didn’t earn a four-year degree, I’d say the media’s slip is showing.
Oh their slip is showing alright, but Rowe proceeded to expose it further, revealing brazen double-standards:
Let’s assume that Donald Trump is indeed popular among white men who didn’t graduate from college. The first question is, so what? Is this information newsworthy? Obviously, thousands of journalists think it is. To your point, the words “uneducated white men” now appear in hundreds of articles about Trump. But if this is truly important information, where were these reporters four years ago? In the last election, an even greater majority of African-American males who voted for President Obama had no college on their resume. Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall any headlines or articles that delved into Obama’s popularity among “uneducated black men.”
If the media didn’t care about the lack of college among black men supporting Obama, why do they care so much about the lack of college among white men supporting Trump? Moreover, when exactly did a lack of college become synonymous with a lack of education?
Rowe pointed out the huge discrepancy between highly “educated” graduates in debt to their eye-balls with the “5.8 million jobs” employers can’t fill.
Why? Because academia is pumping out social justice warriors running for safe spaces instead of capable adults ready for the workforce.
According to most media elites, hypothesizing and pontificating about how the world should work, is more important than, you know, actually going out there and getting things done, like Albert does on a daily basis.
But I digress. And Rowe went on…
Anyway Albert, that’s a long way of saying you have every reason to be “vaguely offended and somewhat confused.” The media has minimized your work, insulted your intelligence, and ignored your contribution to civilized life. Try not to take it personally. Just keep doing what you do. Run your business. Vote your conscience. Keep the lights on for the rest of us.
And the next time some hack writer impersonating a journalist attacks a candidate by calling their supporters “uneducated” – simply because their base of knowledge isn’t memorialized on a sheepskin – send them this picture and tell ‘em their slip is showing, and one lousy hatchet job deserves another…
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